On Green Dolphin Street (song)

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"On Green Dolphin Street" (originally entitled "Green Dolphin Street") is a 1947 popular song composed by Bronisław Kaper with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song, composed for the film Green Dolphin Street (which was based on a 1944 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Goudge), went on to become a jazz standard after being recorded by Miles Davis in 1958.[1]

"On Green Dolphin Street"
Now a jazz standard was the theme song for the film Green Dolphin Street
Music by Bronisław Kaper
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Published 1947

Other notable performers[edit]

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Date Main recording artist Featured vocalists / instrumental Album title, notes
1947 Mel Tormé Mel Tormé Original soundtrack for Green Dolphin Street
1955 Urbie Green (instrumental) The Lyrical Language of Urbie Green (1978), with Jimmy Lyon on celesta.
1956 Ahmad Jamal Trio (instrumental) Count 'Em 88, also on Complete Recordings 1951-56 (2006)
1957 Poll Winners (Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) (instrumental) The Poll Winners
1958 Jack Sheldon and His Exciting All-Star Big-Band (instrumental) Jack's Groove, song arranged for big band by Lenny Niehaus
1958 Miles Davis Sextet (instrumental) Jazz Track (coupled with O.S.T. Ascenseur pour l'échafaud), reissued as Basic Miles (1973) and 1958 Miles in Japan (1974), (later also as '58 Miles Featuring Stella by Starlight)
1958 Tony Perkins with Urbie Green's Orchestra Tony Perkins From My Heart...
1959 Bill Evans (instrumental) On Green Dolphin Street (1975)
1959 Wynton Kelly (instrumental) Kelly Blue
1960 Dakota Staton (instrumental) Dakota
1960 Duke Pearson Trio (instrumental) Tender Feelin's
1960 Eric Dolphy Quintet (instrumental) Outward Bound
1960 Horace Parlan (instrumental) Movin' & Groovin'
1960 John Coltrane (instrumental) 1960 Düsseldorf (WDR Master Concerts series)
1960 Miles Davis Quintet (with John Coltrane) (instrumental) Copenhagen 1960
1960 Miles Davis Quintet (with Sonny Stitt) (instrumental) Miles Davis & Sonny Stitt Live in Stockholm 1960 (2005)
1960 The Three Sounds (instrumental) Moods, released as single A-side coupled with "Love for Sale"
1961 Cal Tjader (instrumental) In a Latin Bag
1961 Dave Pike (instrumental) It's Time for Dave Pike
1961 Eric Dolphy Quartet (with McCoy Tyner) (instrumental) Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (1992), recorded live in Munich , Germany (first released unofficially in 1981 as 1961)
1961 George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson The Swingin's Mutual!
1961 Grant Green Quartet (instrumental) Gooden's Corner (1979), with Sonny Clark
1961 Les McCann Ltd. (instrumental) Pretty Lady, reissued as Django in 1968
1961 Lionel Hampton (instrumental) Soft Vibes Soaring Strings
1961 Marc Murphy Marc Murphy Rah!, arranged by Ernie Wilkins
1961 Miles Davis Quintet (instrumental) In Person Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, Volume II (2003), contains two previously unreleased versions of the song not part of the original album
1961 Montgomery Brothers (instrumental) The Montgomery Brothers in Canada
1961 Red Garland (instrumental) Bright and Breezy
1961 Walter Bishop, Jr. Trio (instrumental) Speak Low + 3
1962 Eddie Harris (instrumental) Eddie Harris Goes to the Movies, with Orchestra conducted by Dick Marx
1962 Elek Bacsik (instrumental) The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik
1962 Mel Tormé Mel Tormé Comin' Home Baby!, arranged and conducted by Shorty Rogers; rereleased as Right Now! (1967)
1962 George Shearing (instrumental) Shearing Bossa Nova, arranged by Clare Fischer
1962 Oscar Peterson Trio (instrumental) The Sound of the Trio (Live recording)
1962 Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson (instrumental) Very Tall
1963 Billy Eckstine (instrumental) Now Singing in 12 Great Movies
1963 Bossa Três (instrumental) Bossa Três
1963 Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra (instrumental) Supercussion
1963 Jerry Goldsmith (?: instrumental) O.S.T. The Prize
1963 Johnny Lytle (instrumental) The Village Caller!, reissued as A Groove
1963 Marian McPartland (instrumental) Bossa Nova + Soul
1963 Sonny Criss (instrumental) Mr Blues Pour Flirter
1963 Vince Guaraldi (instrumental) In Person
1964 Albert Ayler (instrumental) My Name Is Albert Ayler (a.k.a. Free Jazz)
1964 Erroll Garner (instrumental) Amsterdam Concert
1964 Gary Burton (instrumental) Something's Coming!, quartet recording with Jim Hall
1964 Martin Denny (instrumental) Latin Village
1964 Maynard Ferguson (instrumental) Color Him Wild, song arranged by Michael Abene and Don Rader
1964 Tony Bennett with the Ralph Sharon Trio Tony Bennett When Lights Are Low, arranged by Ralph Sharon
1965 Eddie Harris (instrumental) Cool Sax from Hollywood to Broadway
1965 Ernest Ranglin (instrumental) Guitar in Ernest
1965 Miles Davis Quintet (instrumental) The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965, released in 1995 (song played on one of seven sets)
1965 Ran Blake (instrumental) Plays Solo Piano
1965 Sonny Rollins (instrumental) Sonny Rollins on Impulse!
1965 Victor Feldman (instrumental) Love Me with All Your Heart, also released as single A-side
1965 Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges (instrumental) Con-Soul and Sax
1966 Earl Grant Earl Grant? Bali Ha'i
1966 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (instrumental) Lock, the Fox
1966 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan You're Mine You
1966 Stan Getz Quartet (instrumental) In Paris, live recording
1967 Afro Blues Quintet Plus One (instrumental) Discovery 3
1967 Bill Evans Trio (instrumental) California Here I Come (1982)
1967 Dinah Washington Dinah Washington Dinah Discovered, probably earlier recording
1967 Les McCann Trio (instrumental) From the Top of the Barrel
1967 Richard "Groove" Holmes (instrumental) Super Soul
1967 Teddy Wilson Quintet (instrumental) Stomping at the Savoy (1971)
1968 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 30 by Ella, recorded with a sextet featuring Harry "Sweets" Edison
1968 Joe Henderson (instrumental) Four with the Davis' rhythm section: Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Released not until 1994.
1968 Oscar Peterson Trio (instrumental) Mellow Mood
1969 Meireles e Os Copa 7 (instrumental) Tropical with J. T. Meirelles
1970 Anita O’Day Anita O’Day O.S.T. Zigzag
1970 Art Van Damme Quintet (instrumental) Keep Going
1970 Gene Harris Trio (instrumental) Live at the 'It Club' (1996)
1971 Gene Russell (instrumental) New Direction
1972 Joe Williams Joe Williams Live with the Cannonball Adderley Sextet
1973 Bill Evans Trio (instrumental) The Tokyo Concert
1973 Duke Jordan (instrumental) Flight to Denmark
1973 Gene Harris Trio (instrumental) Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
1973 Jimmy McGriff (instrumental) Friday the 13th. Cook County Jail.
1974 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (instrumental) Leapin' on Lenox
1974 Herb Ellis & Ray Brown (instrumental) Herb Ellis & Ray Brown's Soft Shoe
1974 Lee Konitz (instrumental) Satori
1974 Oscar Peterson Trio (instrumental) Oscar Peterson in Russia
1975 Singers Unlimited with Pat Williams Orchestra The Singers Unlimited Feeling Free
1976 Joe Pass (solo) (instrumental) Virtuoso No. 2
1976 Joe Sample / Ray Brown / Shelly Manne (instrumental) The Three
1976 Monty Alexander (instrumental) Unlimited Love - Live & In Concert
1977 Archie Shepp (instrumental) On Green Dolphin Street
1977 Benny Carter 4 (instrumental) Montreux '77, live recording
1977 Carmen McRae Carmen McRae At the Great American Music Hall, recorded live with a quartet featuring Dizzy Gillespie
1977 Les Brown & His Band of Renown (instrumental) Goes Direct to Disc
1977 Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet (instrumental) Matrix
1977 Return to Forever (instrumental) Live: The Complete Concert
1977 Rhoda Scott and Kenny Clarke Rhoda Scott Rhoda Scott + Kenny Clarke, reissued as Jazz in Paris
1977 Sheila Jordan & Arild Andersen Sheila Jordan Sheila
1978 Herbie Hancock (instrumental) The Piano
1978 Woody Shaw Quintet (instrumental) Stepping Stones Bonus Tracks (2011), rec. live at the Village Vanguard
1979 Anthony Braxton (instrumental) Solo (Milano) 1979 Vol. 2 (2004)
1979 Herbie Hancock with Wayne Shorter (instrumental) V.S.O.P. Live Under the Sky, the song played by the duo as an encore, a medley with "Stella by Starlight"
1980 Bud Shank, Bill Mays, Alan Broadbent (instrumental) Crystal Comments
1981 Paquito D'Rivera (instrumental) Blowin'
1981 Ran Blake and Jaki Byard (instrumental) Improvisations, piano duo recording
1982 Akira Miyazawa (instrumental) On Green Dolphin Street
1982 Tony Rice Unit (instrumental) Backwaters
1984 George Shearing & Mel Tormé Mel Tormé An Evening at Charlie's
1986 Kalima (instrumental) Night Time Shadows
1986 Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette (instrumental) Standards II (DVD, recorded live in Tokyo)
1987 Billy Jenkins (instrumental) In the Nude, solo acoustic guitar recording
1987 Harry Connick, Jr. (instrumental) Harry Connick, Jr. (album)
1987 Helge Schneider (instrumental) The Last Jazz
1988 Plunky (instrumental) Tropical Chill
1989 Rosenberg Trio (instrumental) Seresta
1990 George Benson & The Count Basie Orchestra (instrumental) Big Boss Band
1990 Joe Pass (instrumental) What Is There to Say (2001), solo guitar recording
1990 Walter Norris (instrumental) Lush Life
1991 Chick Corea Akoustic Band (instrumental) Alive
1994 Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Stern, Andy LaVerne, George Mraz, Billy Hart (instrumental) Vertical Reality
1994 Keith Jarrett Standards Trio (instrumental) Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note
2000 Cindy Blackman (instrumental) Works on Canvas
2001 Cassandra Wilson (instrumental) O.S.T. The Score
2001 Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette (instrumental) My Foolish Heart – Live at Montreux (2007)
2002 George Coleman, Mike Stern, Ron Carter & Jimmy Cobb (instrumental) Four Generations of Miles
2006 Austin Peralta (instrumental) Maiden Voyage
2009 Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White (instrumental) Forever (2011), piano trio live recording
2014 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band (instrumental) Life in the Bubble

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